Nonprofit FAQ 2020

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Q. What is Idaho Gives 2020?

Idaho Gives – a program of the Idaho Nonprofit Center – is designed to bring the state together, raising money and awareness for Idaho nonprofits. Due to the increased need of support to the nonprofit sector, because of COVID-19 the online giving period has been extended! Donations can be collected from April 23-May 7. provides an easy-to-use platform for donors to search, support and donate to Idaho nonprofits.

Q. When is Idaho Gives 2020?

Idaho Gives is April 23-May 7th 2020 from 12:00 am MT (11:00 pm PT) April 23 to 11:59 pm MT (10:59 pm PT) May 7.

Q. Which organizations can participate?

Eligible organizations are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations headquartered or providing services in Idaho and registered and in good standing with the Idaho Secretary of State.

Q. Why should my organization participate?

Idaho Gives is a great way to boost your organization’s fundraising efforts and provides eligible nonprofits the opportunity to reach potential new donors with the visibility that only a state-wide effort can generate. To ensure success, your profile needs to be updated on and custom-branded to tell your story.

Q. What does a nonprofit need to register?

All organizations will be asked to provide:

  • Primary contact information
  • Mailing address
  • EIN number
  • Idaho Nonprofit Center Member number (if applicable)
    • Already a member? Log to to access your member login and view your member number.
    • No a member? Join here or call (208)-424-2229 if you'd like to join by phone.
  • Banking information
  • 990 document or postcard verification
    • To check the size of your organization, refer to line 18 (total expenses) on you most recent form 990. You may subtract 13 (grants and similar amounts paid) from your total expenses. See example HERE.
    • Note: This is NOT your organization's determination letter

Q. What is the cost to register my organization?

The fee to participate in Idaho Gives depends on the size of your organization and if you are a member of the Idaho Nonprofit Center. Please see pricing below:

Member Prices

  • Small Organization: $50
  • Medium Organization: $75
  • Large Organization: $100

Log in to to access your member login and view your member number.

Not-Yet-Member Prices

  • Small Organization: $100
  • Medium Organization: $150
  • Large Organization: $200
Not a member? Join here or call (208)-424-2229 if you'd like to join by phone.

Q. What size is my nonprofit?

Small, Medium and Large setting are based on your annual operating expense.

  • Small = up to $99,999 in annual operating expense.
  • Medium = $100,000-$499,999 in annual operating expense.
  • Large = $500,000 and up in annual operating expenses.

To check the size of your organization, refer to line 18 (total expenses) on your most recent Form 990. You may subtract line 13 (grants and similar amounts paid) from your total expenses. See example HERE.

Q. Where will the "Registration Fee" money go?

ALL “Registration Fees” collected will be spent on promoting and advertising Idaho Gives in ALL regions and communities in Idaho.

  • Paid PSAs: TV and radio
  • Paid Air Time: TV and radio
  • PR Assistance: PSA and concept creation 
  • Paid Social Media Advertising
  • Posters, stickers, flyers, banners, etc.

Q. Why are you charging an upfront fee?

We heard your feedback from the past few years and came to this conclusion. This structure will help participating nonprofits keep more of the funds raised and also help advertise Idaho Gives.

Q. Why is this good news for my organization?

This structure will help participating nonprofits keep more of the funds raised while still allowing the Idaho Nonprofit Center funds to advertise Idaho Gives.

Q. What if my organization doesn't receive any donations from Idaho Gives?

As long as you complete the available trainings we will refund your registration fee after Idaho Gives concludes.

Q. What are the other fees for Idaho Gives 2020?

For each donation made, a “Technology and Processing Fee” will be taken out. Here is the breakdown:

  • Payment options
    • Credit card: 2.2% + $.30 per transaction
    • Plaid/ACH payment: $100 minimum donations + $3.00 flat fee.
  • 2% GiveGab fee, capped at $20 per transaction
  • Total for credit card transactions: 4.2% + $.30 per transaction
  • Total for Plaid/ACH: 2% + $3.00 per transaction
    • In 2017, the total fees were 6.7%. In 2016 the total fees were 8.9%

Note: The Idaho Gives platform, GiveGab, makes it VERY easy for donors to cover these fees. Last year, more than 92% of donors covered these fees. Offline donations will still be available to be plugged in. These funds will be added to your organization’s total and the Idaho Gives total. It will NOT count towards the Idaho Gives Award Pool prizes.

Q. How does the Plaid/ACH Payment work?

If a donor chooses to pay using the ACH bank account payment option through processor Plaid, the donation minimum is $100, and there is a flat fee of $3.00 per transaction rather than a percentage. This makes the total transaction fees for Plaid bank account payment $3.00 plus the platform fee of 2% per transaction (capped at $20). Learn how to use the ACH function here.

Q. What is GiveGab?

GiveGab is an online giving platform that helps nonprofits raise money, engage donors, and manage volunteers quickly and efficiently. GiveGab offers a full portfolio of simple and easy-to-use products that allow organizations to function in a more streamlined manner.

Q. What is the deadline to ensure my participation in Idaho Gives?

The deadline to register to participate in Idaho Gives is April 15.

Q. What is your policy on other giving platforms?

The spirit of Idaho Gives is to broadcast our state’s nonprofit stories and for organizations to engage with donors in a truly meaningful way. We kindly ask you to not use other giving platforms (Facebook Fundraisers, Paypal, etc.) outside of the Idaho Gives platform (through GiveGab) while still promoting your Idaho Gives centered campaign. When you use other giving platforms, we do not have a true reflection of Idaho’s generous contributions as those funds are not included in the grand total and the organizations’ personal goals. The folks at Idaho Gives and GiveGab work very hard to make the day an easy way for donors to give and an effective way for nonprofits to tell their story. A lot of time and thought goes into making the best day for Idaho’s nonprofits. The more organizations that abandon the Idaho Gives platform – but still benefit from the marketing and general buzz of the day – the less leverage the Idaho Gives team has to promote this 24-hour statewide fundraiser. We want each nonprofit to collect as many funds as they possibly can and to educate the state on all the amazing work you all do. We ask you to please be respectful of Idaho Gives as a whole and to support the efforts taken to raise money and awareness for Idaho nonprofits. However, if you do happen to receive donations outside of make sure to enter those into your Idaho Gives campaign page as offline gifts. They will not be counted towards many of the prizes but will be reflected in your total.

Q. Can more than one person claim admin access on our organization's page?

Yes, pending approval from existing administrators. All administrators will need to create profiles on GiveGab. Every person with administrative access will receive emails regarding updates to their page.

Q. What percentage of each contribution will my organization receive?

Your organization has the opportunity to receive 100% of all donations when donors choose to “cover the fees”. In 2020 the fees are 4.2% plus $.30 per credit card transaction.

Q. When will we receive the donated funds?

Organizations will receive all donations, less any uncovered processing fees, within three business days via direct deposit as long as bank account and routing information has been verified. GiveGab uses a PCI Level I compliant payment service to ensure that all financial data is secure.

This allows GiveGab to respond to any donor requests for refunds or corrections. Example: the donor accidentally added an extra zero on to their gift turning a $100 to $1,000.

Q. How does our organization identify donors and contributions? Can I download a donations report?

All participating organizations can access and download a .CSV file of their donations via their administrative dashboard on GiveGab. The report is updated in real-time and will include the donation payout date for bank account reconciliation, donation information (including a breakdown of the fees), along with the donor's name and contact information. Click here to download a sample donation report.

Q. How can our organization be most successful with Idaho Gives?

Attend a webinar and check out our tips in the Nonprofit Toolkit.

Q. What are the prizes and how does my organization enter to win them?

Prizes are given in a variety of categories and designed to incentivize organizations to access available trainings, promote their Idaho Gives campaign, and engage with donors. You can learn more on our Prize FAQ page.

Q. What is a DAF?

A DAF is a Donor Advised Fund. A Donor Advised Fund is a giving vehicle that allows donors to make a charitable contribution and receive an immediate tax deduction.

Q. What portion of a donation made on GiveGab is tax deductible?

Tax deductibility for a donor is based on giving to a nonprofit; it's not dependent upon how that nonprofit uses the funds. On GiveGab, the nonprofit pays for the fees, regardless if the donor elects to cover. GiveGab gives donors the option to increase their donation by an amount equal to the fees the nonprofit will pay so that the nonprofit realizes the full amount of the intended donation after payment of the fees. Just because the donor is given this option does not make the additional amount non-deductible.

Outside of using GiveGab, nonprofits do not provide their donors a breakdown of what portion of their donation is deductible (unless the donor receives something of value in return as a dinner, etc). That's because deductibility is based on giving to the nonprofit, not how the nonprofit chooses to use the funds. You could almost consider when the donor elects to cover the fees, that portion of the donation is a restricted gift that will be used to pay for the expenses incurred to receive the gift. Restricted gifts are tax deductible, because it's based on who is receiving the gift (nonprofit) not what the gift is used for.

Ultimately, whether a donor decides to deduct the fees as a donation on their tax returns is their option, and we do not provide tax advice. If they want to be ultra-conservative they can choose to not take a deduction for the fees when they file. Who receives the donation is what determines tax deductibility, not how the donation is used.

GiveGab does not provide tax advice. Please consult your local tax professional about what portion of the full donation amount can be claimed as a charitable contribution.

Q. What is state charitable solicitation registration?

Nonprofits are held to a high standard of government regulation and public scrutiny. And that is with good reason! Eligible 501(c) nonprofits are exempt from federal corporate taxes and have access to public funding. These benefits are not typically available to for-profit businesses, so laws are in place to protect the public and ensure nonprofits do not abuse their financial advantages. The IRS and states all have requirements for nonprofits.

Q. Why is state charitable solicitation registration compliance important?

While 501(c) nonprofits receive key financial benefits, the penalties for noncompliance can be serious. The IRS can revoke a nonprofit’s tax exemption and impose fines that can accrue daily. The states can administratively dissolve a nonprofit corporation and levy steep financial penalties. Perhaps worst of all, an organization can lose out on a grant or large donation because it has not kept itself in good standing.

Taking a proactive approach to compliance helps ensure the sustained success of the organization. The cost of staying compliant is small in comparison to the much larger costs of noncompliance. The saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” could not be more true in this context.

Q. What are the key aspects of state charitable solicitation registration compliance?

The IRS provides tax exemptions to eligible nonprofits under IRC 501(c). Public charities and private foundations receive 501(c)(3) tax exemption. The IRS scrutinizes organizations when they apply for 501(c)(3) but also ensures that those organizations meet the ongoing obligations to remain eligible. Nonprofits must file a 990 tax form each year with the IRS to disclose their financial data for the year.

Each state has their own set of requirements. Nonprofits are typically incorporated in a given state as a nonprofit corporation. The state in which the nonprofit has incorporated will impose requirements on the nonprofit, and those responsibilities typically span across multiple state agencies. Usually nonprofits must submit an annual filing to the corporations division of the secretary of state, maintain its license to fundraise (charitable solicitation registration), file for a state business license, and maintain state-level tax exemption with the revenue department. As nonprofits expand outside of the state or operate nationwide, they must comply with the same items in each other state as well.

In addition to IRS and state filing requirements, nonprofits must keep adequate records. Keeping accurate and complete records is critical in the event that an organization is audited. It is also common that board members or donors request information from the organization. Finally, records are necessary for submitting applications and renewal filings with various government agencies.

Q. When I check the box on GiveGab to declare state charitable solicitation registration compliance, what am I attesting to?

When you check the box you are attesting (defined as "declaring that something exists or is the case") that your organization is compliant with applicable state fundraising requirements in the states in which you may solicit donors using the GiveGab platform.

Q. Do you have additional resources to reference about state charitable solicitation registration?

Yes! Here are a few more resources from Harbor Compliance to help you: